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God has many ways of teaching us. Jesus taught by example. Men looked at how He lived, and decided to walk that way also. His favorite way of teaching was through the use of the parable. He loved to tell stories — stories with spiritual meanings.
“In the fall of 1987,” Jamie Buckingham said, “I visited Israel with a camera crew. We had obtained permission from the Israeli government to set up cameras at ten of the sites where Jesus told his best-known parables. There I was to re-tell, on location, these marvelous stories. I had long suspected Jesus used visual objects when telling His parables. When He told the story of the Good Shepherd, He pointed to a shepherd with his flock of sheep in a nearby pasture. When He told the parable of the sower and the seed, He was probably sitting on a rock beside a field where a farmer was sowing his spring seed. Jesus was a man of the earth, and He used earthly things to convey spiritual truth.”
In this study you’ll visit the sites where Jesus was when He told His marvelous stories. In one session, you’ll stand high above the ruins of an ancient inn along the notorious road from Jerusalem to Jericho where a despised Samaritan stopped to render aid to a dying man after the religious people passed him by. You will visit the ancient stone towers in the middle of an olive grove where the father stood and waited for his prodigal son to return home. You will visit a deep wadi where Jesus might have stood as He told the story of the two houses, one built on the sand and the other on the rock. You will also visit the Western Wall where Jesus stood when he told the parable of the two men who went into the Temple to pray. You will meet yourself in one or all of these parables. And hopefully, the person you see will then call out to God for change and growth.
Welcome to the wonderful world of the story. Welcome to the wonderful heart of the Storyteller.
This series is great for small groups, home group Bible studies, or for individual study.
To view or download a free pdf of the workbook click 10 Parables of Jesus Workbook.
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